Greer one under at Upper Canada Men’s Open


Consistent would be the best word to describe Richard Greer’s play at the annual Upper Canada Men’s Open on Saturday.

On his way to a one under par 71 and the tournament win, Greer, who plays out of the Beaconsfield Golf Club posted, three birdies and 13 pars. His round was marred by just two bogeys, the first on the par four first hole and the second on the par three seventh.

The long-time golfer turned the corner with a one over par 37 and picked it up a notch on the difficult Upper Canada back nine with a two under par 34, thanks to back-to-back birdies on the par four 16th and 17th holes.

The course, in fantastic condition, drew rave reviews from the 35 competitors who played in three flights.

Greer’s closest competition came from Ottawa golfer and defending champion Paul Nooyen and Cedar Glen’s Rick Barkley who were tied with 78s.

The only other golfer to break 80 was Kirk Barkley (Morrisburg) who posted a 79 for the win in C flight.

Two strokes back, in second spot, was Upper Canada’s Jr. Thompson with an 81 and after that it was Bernie Variault (Upper Canada) and David Myers (no club affiliation) tied with 91s.

B flight had the closest finish with three players tied for top spot with 81s to force a one hole, sudden-death playoff on the par four ninth.

They included Upper Canada’s Mike Laurin and Nationview’s Larry Gordon and Shawn Lapier who plays out of Iroquois.

In the playoff all landed good drives and all missed the green on their approach shots from 150 plus yards out.

Gordon, who was first up, put down the challenge with a chip that ended up inches from the cup. Lapier’s chip left him a six foot putt while Laurin’s bunker shot checked well short and left him about a 12 footer.

Lapier and Laurin missed their par putts and Gordon tapped his in for the B flight win.

Other low scores in B flight were an 82 shot by Rod Pittman of Nationview, an 83 from Upper Canada’s Richard Guthro and an 84 from Upper Canada’s Jim Beckstead.

Following the top three shooters in A flight were Upper Canada’s Tom Thompson, Jamie Scott and Lance LePage and Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley all tied with 80s.

The players was divided into flights with the 11 player A flight including players up to a nine handicap,  15 players in B flight with handicaps from 10 to 13 and C flight including nine players with a handicap range of 14 and up.

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